Friday is almost upon us…I can hear you all breathe a sigh of relief. I am having a Girls Night In as such with my mother, which means we have free rein of the remote control, so “Thirteen Going On Thirty,” is the cheesy, chic-flick of choice this evening.
I’m preparing myself for an epic weekend of music, with not one but two gigs in a row. Tomorrow we’re heading to Earls Court to see Bloc Party play a one-off show with The Joy Formidable as support. Having seen Kele and co in Ibiza back in September last year, I’m really excited about seeing them play more material off their latest album “Four.”
Then on Saturday night, NME Awards Tour 2013 comes to the O2 Brixton Academy with Django Django, Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace. Again, I was fortunate enough to see Miles Kane play with The Rascals at the Scala about four years ago but I’m looking to seeing his solo material live as well as Palma Violets (check out my reviews page) and Django Django. Club NME nights are always brilliant because the tickets are inexpensive and you can end up discovering bands that become huge. Alt J supported Bloc Party in Ibiza and ended up being Mercury Prize winners as well as nominees for third Brit awards. Whether you like to admit it or not, everyone always likes to feel a little smug if they’ve seen a band when they were little-known. Blog post to follow!
Having watched the Brit Awards last night (begrudgingly, because it is so predictable every year) it was awesome to see more indie and alternative bands being nominated and performances from Muse, Ben Howard and Mumford & Sons. I have been a huge fan of Ben Howard since hearing him on one of XFM’s late-night shows a couple of years ago and “Every Kingdom” is one of the most relaxing albums to chill out to, so it was awesome to see him win both of the awards that he was nominated for. In fact the alternative scene seemed to dominate the awards last night with Mumford & Sons winning British Group, Coldplay for British Live Act, The Black Keys for International Group and newcomer Tom Odell for the Critics’ Choice Award. Nominees also included The xx, The Vaccines, Alabama Shakes and The Killers.
It was a refreshing change to actually see some real musicians amongst all the of the usual mainstream acts and as much as I think Emelie Sande and Adele are talented, unfortunately the airwaves have played their records to death which can make an artist become rather stale, very quickly. There’s always the danger that critics will comment that the Brits are trying to jump on the indie wave bandwagon and will end up overplaying the likes of Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard on commercial radio but at the same time, fans rant their frustration at how underrated and unrecognised certain musicians are. The industry can’t win really.
There’s also the alternative argument that the Brits should stick to mainstream pop acts and let other awards such as the MOBOs, The Mercury Prize, NME and the Q awards target their own niche genre. But as music is universal and people usually don’t have one taste, then why shouldn’t the Brits embrace other genres? My playlists and downloads are predominantly indie and alternative bands but I love dancing to a bit of Old School R n B or listening to Kisstory as well as a bit of Eighties cheese and Seventies MoTown etc. So perhaps we should applaud the Brits for including a bit of variety…it just needs to work on shaking off its’ reputation for being bumbling and slightly gimmicky.
So what do you think of music awards? Do you think that they still count or just an excuse for the industry to put on a lavish ceremony?
It’s been a big week for London with the Brits and Fashion Week, I’ll be putting up a SS13 style post at the weekend and blogging about this season’s biggest trends. We just need the sunshine to go with them!
Whatever you get up to tomorrow…Happy Friday, I’ll leave you with my favourite Ben Howard track.